§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what views the United Kingdom representative at the Copenhagen Conference of EU Chief Medical Officers in September expressed concerning the use of antibiotics as growth promoters. 290W
§ Ms Jowell
The Department did not send a formal representative to the conference but funded the attendance of officials and experts. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeremy Metters, chaired one of the preceding workshops on "elements of good practice in the use of antimicrobial agents". The conclusion of this workshop was that the use of antibiotics as growth promoters should be phased out. A preliminary report on the conclusions and recommendations emerging from the conference is available, copies of which have been placed in the Library.